State Rep. Dave Rogers has officially qualified to be on the ballot in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary for the 24th Middlesex State House seat.
“Eight years ago, the people of Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge gave me a tremendous opportunity; and every day since, I have sought to make the most of it," Rogers said in a June 24 news release.
"Working in partnership with so many of you – deeply engaged citizens who care about our communities, the Commonwealth, and the larger world – we have secured one victory after another in the fight for social and economic justice. And so, with humility, deep gratitude, and a belief in a brighter future for our communities despite the many current challenges we face, I enthusiastically announce my candidacy for reelection as your state representative," He faces opposition from Jen. Fries.
Mindful of the moment, Dave knows that the coronavirus crisis has created a time of enormous uncertainty for the communities he represents and he is deeply committed to helping meet the challenges ahead. He said, “we must make certain that the deep divides in our society revealed by the pandemic and the oppression of communities of color drive us to turn this time of crisis into an opportunity for bold reforms. I know that – together – we can do it.”
He noted that despite the current crisis, the past few years at the State House have been a time of many progressive accomplishments including: a sweeping criminal-justice reform law designed to address systemic inequities and make our system more just; breakthrough women’s rights laws, including the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act that he introduced and passed; significant clean-energy incentives that authorize enough offshore wind to power more than 1.5 million homes; a new law to protect transgender rights; key new investments in transportation, including major coming upgrades to the Red Line, and the landmark Student Opportunity Act that will dramatically increase state funding to education.
ELM, MTA endorsements
Rogers conveyed his excitement to have the full support of so many community activists and leading progressive advocacy groups, including the Environmental League of Massachusetts, who recently announced its endorsement of Rep. Rogers.
“Representative Rogers has been a vocal advocate for advancing offshore wind and investing in our transportation system” said Clare Kelly, executive director of the ELM Action Fund. “We have been proud to work with the representative on many issues, and have seen his commitment to standing up for what he believes and fighting for his constituents."
He also was endorsed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
“Representative Dave Rogers has been a strong defender of public education on Beacon Hill,” said MTA President Merrie Najimy. “Dave was an early supporter of the Student Opportunity Act, an advocate for the No on Question 2 campaign, and he always makes himself available to MTA members. We can count on Representative Rogers.”
Most recently, Rogers was grateful to have received the overwhelming endorsement of the Belmont Democratic Town Committee. Given his body of work, Dave believes he will have the support of many other leading progressive organizations in the state.
Rogers noted that he is a member of the Steering Committee of the Progressive Caucus in the House, and added that in just the last couple of weeks he has also been in close consultation with friends and colleagues in the black and Latino caucus about how he can support their agenda to address racial inequalities and policing reform.
“Thank you again to so many of you for your support and encouragement over this journey. Your activism and engagement have been central to the many legislative successes. You may recall my original campaign message was, ‘let’s make a difference.’ Together we have done just that and, now more than ever, experience matters and we have work to do,” said Rogers.
You can learn more about Rogers and his campaign by following him on Facebook at fb.com/repdaverogers.
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This news announcement was published Thursday, June 25, 2020.